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[dood, dyood] /dud, dyud/
a man excessively concerned with his clothes, grooming, and manners.
  1. a fellow; chap.
  2. (a general term of address used to a man, woman, or group).
a person reared in a large city.
Western U.S. an urban Easterner who vacations on a ranch.
(an expression of shock, approval, sympathy, or other strong feeling):
Dude! That's one expensive sandwich!
Verb phrases, past and past participle duded up, present participle duding up.
dude up, Informal. to dress in one's fanciest, best, or most stylish clothes; dress up:
He got all duded up to go to the dance.
1880-85, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for dude
  • For every generation, there is a dude.
  • The wine connoisseur, showman, and everyday dude readies a new book.
  • No doubt about it dude.
  • Wow, no doubt about it dude.
  • Nine lives wouldn't be nearly enough for this dude.
  • dude because the cost of a humanities graduate degree is simply out of reasonable proportion to benefit.
  • Had no problem lifting that beer to his lips or wrestling around with another dude.
  • Instead of throwing free money, the dude danced a twist step which disappoints all the investors.
  • dude, that's what is going to be our help in the near future.
  • And if that's not disturbing enough for ya, the leech with teeth was actually discovered up some dude's nose.
British Dictionary definitions for dude


/duːd; djuːd/
noun (informal)
(Western US & Canadian) a city dweller, esp one holidaying on a ranch
(mainly US & Canadian) a dandy
(US & Canadian) a person: often used to any male in direct address
Derived Forms
dudish, adjective
dudishly, adverb
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dude
1883, "fastidious man," New York City slang of unknown origin. The vogue word of 1883, originally used in reference to the devotees of the "aesthetic" craze, later applied to city slickers, especially Easterners vacationing in the West (dude ranch first recorded 1921). Surfer slang application to any male is first recorded c.1970.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dude


  1. A dapper man, esp one who is ostentatiously dressed; dandy •In earliest use, to quote an 1891 source, a dude was ''not a dandy; there is nothing gallant or dashing about him. He is soberness itself; he is as respectable as an undertaker. Yet your real dude is irresistibly comic'' (1883+)
  2. A guest at a Western or Western-style ranch (1883+)
  3. A man; fellow; cat, guy: I'm sittin' in the bus stop, just me an' these other three dudes (1918+)

[origin unknown; perhaps an invented word]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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